Alex Steffen is a Planetary Futurist. He believes growing cities are the key to responding to our climate emergency, and that in order to build a beautiful future, we have to be able to imagine a beautiful future.
This keynote will lay out Alex’s audacious vision for the future of green cities. Alex has been on the forefront of climate thinking for more than 25 years. An engaging speaker and a prolific writer, Alex has written thousands of pieces, been profiled in numerous media interviews and given hundreds of talks to audiences around the world. Alex has spoken at the United Nations, YIMBYtown, performed celebrated TED talks, and in 2010 initiated Seattle’s Climate Action Plan in a two-night series of talks at Town Hall.
Working for A2M since 2004, Julie Willem is an architect and now a partner in the office.
Alongside her work as an architect, she has produced several books, publications, and articles. In 2009 she co-founded and directed the “be.passive” magazine. A regular trainer for professional networks, she ensures a steady schedule of presentations, lectures, and training programs.
Building up her vision, Julie directs the international developments of A2M. Now working in New York, she leads projects in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.
As founding member of A2M, Sebastian Moreno Vacca leads A2M’s vision, design aesthetic, and drive to be the most sustainable and energy efficient architect possible. Since starting A2M in 2000, Sebastian has led the firm to international recognition through his sustainable building knowledge and his numerous roles as president of the Board of the Belgian Passive House Association. During his presidency, he significantly contributed to the establishment of a mandatory passive standard in the Brussels Region. Since 2006, he has been also teaching as the university faculty at ULB architecture. In 2009, he co-founded and edited the magazine “be.passive.”
Presenters and panelists
After 30 years of experience as a carpenter, designer, builder, and technical lead for energy efficiency programs, Tom is active as a Green Building consultant, providing LEED for homes, Built Green, and Passive House certifications for builders around the northwest. Emphasizing a practical approach to zero energy homes, Tom is known for training, developing good working relationships with builders, and advising design/construction teams on advanced energy performance.
Jon oversees NEEA’s Next Step Homes initiative, which is designed to increase market adoption of energy efficient building practices for single-family homes and strives to accelerate code so that all new homes in the Northwest are built more efficiently.
Before joining NEEA, Jon spent seven years with the Oregon Department of Energy, most recently leading energy efficiency and conservation programs for public schools. Prior to his time with the state he worked in research and private consulting.
Sandy Bishop is currently serving as the Executive Director of Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT), which she co-founded in 1989. The work of LCLT has received both local and national recognition including features in NYT and Home Power, along with certification from GreenBuild, Living Building Challenge, Energy Star, and numerous awards.
Sandy has tutored others in understanding the power of community land trusts as a tool for land reform and empowerment. She appreciates bold vision and enjoys the relationship between unskilled volunteer labor and highly skilled professionals to pull off projects.
Terrance is the Recycling & Sustainability Program Manager for the King County Solid Waste Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP). He has experience in GHG reduction strategy development, renewable energy projects, planning, policy development, budgeting, grants, and database management.
Terrance has a degree in Sustainable Urban Development from the UW. At King County, Terrance is responsible for data management, developing and managing the C&D Grant Program, regulatory enforcement, and incorporating green building practices into county-owned projects within Solid Waste’s jurisdiction.
Kinley Deller provides construction-related waste reduction and recycling assistance to project managers, contractors, architects, and developers for the King County GreenTools program.
Building on over 20 years of experience in the waste reduction field, Kinley is well versed in deconstruction techniques and practices and has been instrumental in promoting the concept of Design for Disassembly to maximize the potential for future building reuse.
Alex is a Program Manager in the King County Solid Waste Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP). He manages King County LinkUp’s clean wood and mattress recycling market development projects and co-chairs the Northwest Product Stewardship Council.
Renee Gastineau is a client development manager with internationally recognized green building and sustainability consulting firm Paladino and Company. As client development manager, Renee helps clients leverage sustainable design as a tool for business and to support well-connected, integrated communities in the Puget Sound region. She recently served as a coach in the Department of Energy’s Solar In Your Community Challenge and assisted her team to secure national recognition and more than $100,000 in government funds to support community solar installations, workforce training, and private financing for future development.
As a founder of CAST architecture, Matt has spent more than 20 years working to increase the vitality of the city and protect the environment. Through his design and policy work, Matt is an advocate for better density, abundant housing options, vibrant urban spaces, open space, and sustainable building. He serves on AIA Seattle's Housing Task Force and Housing Design Forum Committee, the SW Design Review Board, and co-founded the community group, MOAR (More Options for Accessory Residences).
Emily is an Oregon-registered architect and building science expert who manages CLEAResult's Residential Engineering and Technical Team that supports energy efficiency programs and projects across the United States. She has served as an appointee on the Oregon Governor's Board for Residential and Manufactured Structures since 2011, and is an adjunct instructor teaching an 'Assessing Sustainable Buildings' course at the University of Oregon's Portland campus. She is particularly fond of working to improve the efficiency of her 110-year old Victorian bungalow in inner Southwest Portland.
Since 2018, Katie Kennedy has served as Seattle Public Utilities’ Waste Diversion Lead focused on construction and demolition waste. Katie manages the City’s requirements around C&D recycling and diversion including material disposal bans, mixed waste processing facility sampling, waste diversion reports for building permits, and salvage assessments.
Prior to working for the city, she worked as a consultant for 16 years focused on developing solid waste management plans, managing large-scale waste characterization studies, and conducting recycling market research. Katie’s work on recycling market research included investigating and finding solutions for collection, processing, and markets for carpet and asphalt roofing shingles.
Rose Lathrop is the Green Building & Energy Program Director for Sustainable Connections, a Whatcom County based non-profit business membership organization dedicated to advancing sustainable business practices. The Green Building Program promotes healthy, durable, efficient, and environmentally responsible homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces through education, technical assistance, and advocacy. The Energy Program offers low cost energy audits for commercial buildings helping to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Toby manages the deployment of Forterra’s Strong Communities Funds, one of Western Washington’s cutting edge approaches to Social Impact Capital for eleven affordable housing projects, including prototype cross laminated timber units in Tukwila and Hamilton. He previously managed a $260 million Singapore-listed bond fund that served as a land developer of purpose-designed, ecologically-efficient, affordable housing suburbs working in Dubai, Shanghai, and Istanbul.
Toby specializes in fund management, debt and equity structuring, master-planning, engineering, and construction management.
With more than 13 years experience building homes in the greater Seattle area, Anthony is an advocate for sustainable design and green construction. He continues to push the envelope in the sustainable community with innovative construction methods that have positively influenced city building practices. As a lifelong Seattleite, Anthony has a deep commitment to creating communities that bring together like-minded individuals who value sustainability and modern design.
David Neiman, AIA, is a Principal at Neiman Taber Architects, a Seattle firm specializing in urban housing with a focus on issues of livability, affordability, community, and access to housing for all. Through a combination of design, advocacy, and project development, he has helped to pioneer new approaches to housing in Seattle.
He holds architecture degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania, and is a licensed architect in the state of Washington. He was a recent member of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee and the NW Design Review Board.
As the founder of Living Shelter in 1992, Terry is an early adopter of deeply sustainable homes and lifestyles. Her outreach includes her own radio talk show program (The Eco-Logical Home), handson straw bale construction training, and many green conference presentations—all with a goal to help facilitate a more resilient future.
Terry is a self-taught architect and Washington State native, and her work has been published both nationally and regionally. She served on the regional board of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild from 2004 to 2009, finishing as Co-Chair. She is the architect on Selah Vista Homes and NW EcoVillage.
Since the early 1970s, Martha has worked in the construction industry as laborer, carpenter, inspector, project manager, and spec homebuilder. In the late ‘70s, the threat of living 15 miles from twin nuke plants sparked her interest in conservation and renewable energy. Besides building places for people to live, Martha helps to spread the word about high performance homebuilding and low impact development.
Martha is a member of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Skagit and Island County Builders Association (SICBA), BIAW, and NAHB. After 33 years in Seattle, where she developed numerous pioneering Built Green® 5-Star Certified projects, Martha moved and brought her trademarked City Cabins to Sedro-Woolley, WA.
Tom Schneider has been developing, manufacturing, and testing coatings, sealants, air barriers, and other construction materials for more than 30 years. He was the first to develop STPe technology air barriers that are now common to the market.
Tom recognizes that if we are to have higher performing structures, we will need a better understanding of the materials we build them out of and suggests that if we are not testing, we are guessing.
Growing up with deep roots in the Seattle real estate and development community, Tadashi has been a real estate broker in the area for over 20 years. In 2007, he dove into learning about sustainability and energy efficiency for homes, shifting his focus and gaining a new passion.
Tadashi is a Built Green verifier, an Energy Star verifier, and a HERS Rater. He was the first PHIUS rater in Washington, and was involved with the first DOE Builder’s Challenge home in the state in 2010. With Evergreen Certified’s passionate team of green building professionals he has been building a client base of developers and builders in the Seattle area looking to build green.
In his efforts to evolve building practices, Dan combines a passion for energy, sustainability, and the natural environment with over 30 years of construction experience. He melds knowledge of Passive House, building science, materials selection, and energy resources with his extensive background in hands-on craft, site management, and project troubleshooting.
A long-time denizen of Seattle, in 2018 Dan joined RDH Building Science as one of their in-house Passive House consultants. Additionally, Dan is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) and an instructor and curriculum developer for the Passive House Institute US’s (PHIUS) Builders Training Program. He also serves on the boards of Passive House Northwest and PHIUS and is a constant advocate for municipal and state advances in building practice.
As the Building Science Manager for TRC and BetterBuiltNW, Dan has completely immersed himself in the discussion of what is required to create high performance buildings and the technologies that operate within them. Dan has 25 years of experience working directly for a contractor performing energy audits and ratings, weatherization repairs, consulting, and analysis for private clients in both new construction and the existing buildings market.
Dan currently provides building science consultation, technical management, market channel development, and training and presentation services for a variety of residential, multifamily, and small business programs across the country.